Camargue Mussels Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 pounds (2 kg) fresh mussels, in shells
  • 1 onion
  • 2 leeks (white only)
  • 2 fennel or celery stalks
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) Pastis (optional)
  • 28 ounces (796 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 2 fresh parsley sprigs or 1 pinch dried parsley
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs or 1 pinch dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
How to cook Camargue Mussels:
  • Well scrub mussel shells under cold, running water reserve (do not soak shells in water).
  • Chop onion, leeks, fennel or celery stalks, garlic and fennel seeds.
  • Into a large casserole, heat olive oil over medium heat add onion mixture for approximately 5 minutes, until leeks are soft.
  • Do not brown vegetables.
  • Mix in dry white wine, Pastis and tomatoes.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bring to a boil simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Mix in mussels, parsley and thyme.
  • Cover cook over high heat, until shells open-up, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Throw away unopened shells.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove mussel shells from casserole.
  • Remove mussels from shells arrange mussels onto individual plates, or into shell halves, as you would oysters.
  • If using fresh parsley and thyme, remove sprigs from sauce.
  • Cook sauce, over high heat, for 5 minutes.
  • Pour sauce over mussels and serve immediately.

Hints:

Choose fresh mussels with shells tightly closed, before cooking.
Slightly opened-up mussel shells can only be eaten if the shells tightly close-up when lightly tapped-on.
An open-up shell means that mussel is dead and therefore can be toxic throw it away.
Mussels will keep, in a large bowl, covered with a damp cloth, for up to 48 hours, refrigerated.

Comments:

The Camargue is the land south of Arles, France.

This recipe for Camargue Mussels serves/makes: 4

The Camargue Mussels recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Mussels (more Mussels recipes)
Preparation Method: Poached/Simmered (more Poached/Simmered recipes)
Cuisine: French (more French recipes)

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